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Bring! On! The! Boots! Excuse me if I seem over-excited about 2020 boot trends, but there’s truly no season like boot season. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cutesy spring clog or a strappy summer heel as much as the next girl, but boots? Made for walking, and I’m ready to strut this season.
If there’s one thing appropriate for pretty much any season (but especially fall and winter), it’s boots and booties. For those of us who believe you can never own too many of the chic shoe, the 2020 boot trends are a welcome addition to our boot arsenals. You’re going to want to make some major room in your closet—or on shoe rack, or under your bed—because the boot trends this year came to walk all over previous seasons. Expect to see your favorite styles updated for fall and winter 2020, as well as some totally-new new looks in the mix. Your fall ensembles are in for a major upgrade.
Boots and booties trends are arguably some of the most fun to play around with because they don’t differ too much from year to year. I mean, buy a good black Chelsea boot and you’re pretty much set for years to come. However, the 2020 boot trends actually give us all a chance to try out something new, in addition to the option to rewear some of last year’s old faves. Whether it be a bright pop of color, some metallic glam or letting your socks do the talking, there’s a lot to love on this list, so get your wallet ready.
Below, you’ll find seven boot trends you can expect to reign this year—plus ways to shop them all. These boots and booties trends were made for both walking and looking stylish, so feel free to stock up on a few pairs. Wheether you choose to go bold or stay neutral, you’ll look chic AF either way.
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1. Over-The-Knee Glam
Over-the-knee boots are nothing new, but in fall 2020, expect this trend to lean toward the glamorous. In Jeremy Scott’s FW 2020 runway, we saw the most gorgeous metallic OTK boots—proving there’s no stopping this trend. From colorful metallics to lace-up over-the-knee boots, you’re going to have legs for days. Consider this your excuse to buy a few pairs of statement-makers.
If a classic black OTK boot is what you seek, look no further than the Steve Madden Gorgeena Boots. Bonus points for the on-trend pointy toe and comfortable chunky heel.
If you have wider calves, fear not! These gorgeous Riko Over-the-Knee Boots from ELOQUII come in wide sizes 7 through 13 with extra room in the calves.
2. Nice & Neutral
Neutrals are a trend for 2020 in all things—boots included. As we saw on FW 2020 runways like Givenchy’s, you don’t need a lot of color to pack a punch with your footwear. The best part about it? Blacks, whites, browns and all the neutral colors go with pretty much anything. 2020 is the perfect time to splurge on that pair of neutral boots you’ve been eyeing, as you’re sure to get plenty of use out of them in the coming months.
The Villa Rouge Loden Boots are the perfect option for those who want something in-between a knee-high boot and a bootie. Throw these babies on with everything from sweaters and leggings to boho autumn dresses.
Alternatively, opt for something that makes a statement but is still neutral in color. These Primitina Platform Boots are seriously gorgeous—and, as you’ll see if you keep reading, on-trend in more ways than one.
3. Cut-Out Boots
Bare all to the world, my friends, including your socks (or feet, if you’re down with that). In 2020, cut-out boots are sure to be the unexpected trend you see everywhere. We saw the coolest cut-out combat boots at the FW Dior show, and it’s only furthered our obsessed. Grab your coolest socks or dare to go sock-less with these cut-out boots. The choice is yours.
If you want a totally edgy look for fall, try these cut-out boots from MACKIN. They’ll definitely be a stable in your wardrobe for seasons and give you the edge you crave.
These Soludos Lola Perforated Booties are a sweeter take on the look, and the olive green suede is a fun take on a neutral colorway.
4. Platform Boots
We’re calling it now: 2020 is the year of the platform shoe. Thanks to previews of the statement-making trend on the Dires van Noten FW 2020 runway, expect to see platform boots from all your favorite designers right now. As someone who’s definitely on the short side, this easier-to-walk-in-than-heels alternative is the ideal fashion situation.
Platform combat boots in a neutral colorway? How very Yeezy (on a budget) of you! The Dirty Laundry Campus Queen Platform Booties are a fun boot that’s femme with just the right amount of edge.
Of course, you can never go wrong with a classic black! The Groovy Boots from Chinese Laundry would be a gorg addition to anyone’s fall wardrobe.
5. The Cowboy Boot Reinvented
The western and cowboy boot have made a big splash in the 2019 circuits, and the trend is getting a bit of an upgrade for 2020. You’ll see similar western vibes with a little more flare. I’m talking metallics, sparkles, embroidery—You name it. We saw a dazzling and sparkly green cowboy boot on the Jeremy Scott FW 2020 runway, so expect the unexpected with this trend.
If you’re looking for something a little more neutral—but still super chic—try these SCHUTZ boots. They’re not your average cowboy boots, but still pair well with just about anything.
For a bootie option, the Chinese Laundry Bonnie Boots are a fun, western vibe without being too over-the-top. You can treat these like you would any of your favorite pairs of booties.
6. A New Kind of Riding Boot
The riding boot has been around for years and years (and years), but in 2020, it’s getting reinvented. We already saw the trend featured on the Prada FW 2020 runway, and it’s actually such a cute look for fall and winter. A little less prep and little more street style, this upgraded riding boot is sure to be everywhere in the new year. No horse required.
If you normally opt for brown riding boots, consider a black option for a cool, chic change. The Anne Klein Henrie Boot is a classic silhouette you can wear with absolutely everything.
These are not your riding instructor’s boots, that’s for sure! The Lace-Back Riding Boots give off riding-boot vibes, but have a fun lace-up back for a chic detail you won’t find on most riding boots.
7. Color Pop
The brighter, the better in 2020. While neutral boots will definitely be seen everywhere this fall and winter, so will brightly colored boots and booties—thanks to FW 2020 runway shows like Nina Ricci’s. This eye-popping trend is a fun one to play around with in any season, and can add some color to dreary winter days as well.
These bright yellow boots are sure to amp up any outfit—no matter the season. Pair them with a classic white button down and jeans for a fun statement shoe look.
Oh wow, I have a major crush on the deep orange hue of the Dr. Martens 1460 8 Eye Boots. This is a pop of color that’s statement-making and little bit edgy, too.
A version of this article was originally published on October 24, 2019.